Arsene Wenger: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard still needs to find consistency

Arsene Wenger says Eden Hazard still has some way to go to match Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Arsene Wenger believes that Eden Hazard must perform at a consistent level for a number of seasons before the Chelsea playmaker can be considered in the same category as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jose Mourinho this week claimed that Hazard had already underlined his status as one of the best players in the world, and stated his belief that the Belgian had outperformed Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

The 24-year-old Hazard scored 14 goals and made nine assists in 38 games for Chelsea last season as they won the Premier League and League Cup.

Arsenal manager Wenger was impressed by what he saw from Hazard last term but believes that he must improve his game further if he is to be placed in the same bracket as Messi and Ronaldo.

Wenger told a news conference at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday afternoon: “He can decide the games and you put the top players in this kind of calibre when they can decide the games with something special.

“Hazard is in this category, now to reach the other two or three that are dominating world football at the moment I think it demands consistency which he is still to do.

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“It is all about opinions. You have to compare the numbers. I must say players like Messi and Ronaldo still score 50 goals and that is exceptional.”

Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

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